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Ramnasgras Cinsault

AA Badenhorst, Ramnasgras Cinsault 2017

R465

46 in stock

Notes

'His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.

The Ramnasgras Cinsault is from a special vineyard planted in 1964 and is one of the finest Cinsaults we have tasted. Delivering unbelievable purity and elegance, Neal Martin reckons it's ‘very Burgundy-like’. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'Adi Badenhorst has been at the forefront of the Cinsault revival in South Africa. This brilliant example comes from a 1966 vineyard on his home farm. Picked early to preserve acidity and fermented with 70% whole bunches, it’s succulent and fine, with Pinot Noir-like grace. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin Report 2018, 94/100

'The 2017 Ramnasgras Cinsault comes from vines planted in 1964, the most productive vineyard yet still producing just 3,500 bottles. It includes some 60% whole-bunch fruit and was matured in 4,000-liter foudres. The winsome bouquet features red currant, cranberry and wild rose petal scents, very well defined and pure - oddly enough, almost Burgundy-like in style. The palate is well balanced with fresh red cherry and cranberry fruit and hints of pomegranate, quite mineral-driven and again, very Burgundy-like on the poised finish. This is very promising.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

'His manner is so relaxed he might as well be lying down,’ writes Neal Martin, describing Adi after his recent visit to Kalmoesfontein – the home of AA Badenhorst Family Wines. But don’t be fooled by Adi’s playful and coy demeanour. After a decade of farming 41 hectares of old vines, with the oldest planted in 1952, his tiny-production 2017 single vineyards are simply incredible.

How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.

The Ramnasgras Cinsault is from a special vineyard planted in 1964 and is one of the finest Cinsaults we have tasted. Delivering unbelievable purity and elegance, Neal Martin reckons it's ‘very Burgundy-like’. Along with the incredible Sk'windjiesvlei Tinta Barocca and Raaigras Grenache, which were unveiled earlier this year at Young Guns™ – At Heart, Adi’s set of 2017s are some of the finest wines the Swartland can offer.

Tasting notes:
'Adi Badenhorst has been at the forefront of the Cinsault revival in South Africa. This brilliant example comes from a 1966 vineyard on his home farm. Picked early to preserve acidity and fermented with 70% whole bunches, it’s succulent and fine, with Pinot Noir-like grace. 2019-25.' – Tim Atkin Report 2018, 94/100

'The 2017 Ramnasgras Cinsault comes from vines planted in 1964, the most productive vineyard yet still producing just 3,500 bottles. It includes some 60% whole-bunch fruit and was matured in 4,000-liter foudres. The winsome bouquet features red currant, cranberry and wild rose petal scents, very well defined and pure - oddly enough, almost Burgundy-like in style. The palate is well balanced with fresh red cherry and cranberry fruit and hints of pomegranate, quite mineral-driven and again, very Burgundy-like on the poised finish. This is very promising.' – Neal Martin Report 2018, 92/100

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Country

ZA

Region

Swartland

Style

Red

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